Asteroid Mining 101: Wealth for the New Space Economy by John S. Lewis

By John S. Lewis

John Lewis, popular writer of renowned technology books, Rain of Iron and Ice, and Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets and Planets, has published his latest e-book, Asteroid Mining one hundred and one: Wealth for a brand new house Economy. thought of to be the worlds’ premier specialist on Asteroids and close to Earth items, Dr. Lewis has created this accomplished advisor to Asteroid Mining.

The rising asteroid mining has tremendous formidable intentions. it truly is in the realm of hazard that their paintings could herald a metamorphosis in international economics as profound because the commercial Revolution.

As could be anticipated, press experiences facing asteroid mining were a variety of, ranging in scope from brief and breezy to vast and severe, and in caliber from exact to impressionistic to easily uninformed.

There is nice cause to be considering what could be the greatest game-changer in human financial heritage. and there's solid cause to appear heavily on the underlying technology and engineering that shape the basis of this work.

“Almost every thing that I care approximately such a lot are available in the pages of this extraordinary paintings: meteorites, comets, asteroids, robots, geology, mining or even spaceships. Dr Lewis is going into interesting information concerning the starting place and composition of meteorites, then takes us on a trip to the asteroids themselves. The reader starts to understand the fabulous medical and fabric wealth anticipating us inside of these rubble piles. Reading Asteroid Mining 101 made me are looking to seize my favourite pickaxe and wear a spacesuit. Be warned asteroids, we’re coming to get you!” --Geoff Notkin, technology author and host of TV’s Meteorite Men.

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But, as we shall see, most asteroids have never melted and differentiated. The action of liquid water is seen in very few meteorites, and never in those that have differentiated. This means that the terrestrial concepts of having to remove vast masses of uninteresting overburden, and of ore veins that must be found and followed deep within hard rock, are largely irrelevant to asteroid mining. Undifferentiated asteroids consist of a fine-grained mixture of all the materials that went to make Earth’s core, mantle, and crust.

Of these commercial endeavors, mining asteroids seems farthest away, yet paradoxically has the longest history. The very phrase “asteroid mining” reminds aerospace technologists of Tsiolkovsky, science fiction readers of the asteroid miners of E. E. “Doc” Smith and Frederick Pohl, and almost everyone of terrestrial mining. But familiar mining operations on Earth give a poor and misleading idea of what mining asteroids will entail. Mining and mineral processing on Earth assume the presence of air and water and Earth-normal gravity, huge diesel-powered excavators and earth-movers, and often strip-mining of vast volumes of overburden to access thin veins of highly concentrated ore.

Asteroids in such orbits are NEAs; comets that impact Earth can be members of either the short-period (which can have frequent opportunities to hit Earth) or long-period family (which typically have no more than one opportunity per million years, and may never have passed this way in earlier times). Other studies showed that the outer, loosely-bound satellites of the giant planets could readily be captured from, or lost into, heliocentric orbits. Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids can wander out of the Lagrange points and pursue “horseshoe” orbits that carry them back and forth between the two stable Lagrange points, or even make them available for capture as transient outer satellites of Jupiter.

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